Ah it’s that time of year when I get to write lists and map out my plans of paper and fury for the coming year.
I truly love these types of posts. Although I already confess I’m planning to write a Quiet™ list for this year. Hence the plan to nest in my wizard cloak atop my bookshelf and devour words and magical worlds like the book boggart I am truly deep inside.
But before I trundle into my goals for 2019 ➸ how about a quick recap of how I did with last year’s plots and plans?!
➸ READ 200 BOOKS. ✓
I did! I read 207…which is a lot, although I always secretly dream of going to 250. ALAS, POOR ONION, I did not.
➸ DO EDITS ON MY 2019 NOVEL.✓
I mean this was a GIVEN…but I also got to announce The Boy Who Steals Houses (coming April 4th ahhhhhh). I have now reread it 93894 times am getting to the stage where if someone finds a typo I’m just going to scream for 76 years. But I am also SO PROUD and I put half my soul into this book. It is my horcrux. Nothing to worry about.
➸ WRITE 4 NEW NOVELS & REWRITE 2 NOVELS. ✓
I did…but barely. In 2017 I wrote 7 books…and in 2018? Writing was so so hard. I’ve never had a WORSE writing year, I swear. I rewrote one novel AT LEAST 6 TIMES (I mean full heckin’ rewrites), rewrote A Secret Project, and of course edited Houses.
My 4 new novels included: (1) a sequel I shouldn’t have written lmao, (2) new contemporary project, (3) a Stranger Things x Jumunji retelling, and (4) a contemporary that ended up with way way too much murder to be considered contemporary. WOULD U CHILL OUT, CAIT.
➸ WRITE A BOOK SLOWLY (AKA NOT IN 3 DAYS). ✓
This was because of burn out and the insane pressure I’d started putting on myself to write fast. Anyway I listened to myself! All my new novels took at least a week. (SHHH It’s slow compared to 3 days!! Stop throwing potatoes at me.)
➸ WRITE SOMETHING THAT SCARES ME. ✗
Yeah no I don’t think I can claim this one, oops.
➸ READ BACKLIST TITLES. ✓
Shoutout to past-Cait for being so vague with this. So I read SOME therefore I can claim it! Nevermind that it was not many!
➸ REREAD 30 BOOKS. ✓ I DID. I actually forgot I challenged myself to this lmao. But I reread at least 32 books and it was good. So comforting. I plan to keep this up.
➸ DON’T STRESS ABOUT A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTE’S RELEASE IN JUNE. ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗ ✗
Ha haha HAHA Hahha hahahahahah. I stressed. I stressed so bad.
➸ INCREASE MY RUNNING ROUTE TO 6 OR 7KMS. ✗
I did it once so I don’t think that counts.
➸ REVIVE MY ETSY STORE. ✗
Did I even try?? Ah…no. But etsy raised all their taxes on me so wow!! Thanks etsy!! Real champ!!!
➸ NOT BREAK EVERYTHING I TOUCH. ✗
Nope. I broke my headphones, my laptop at least 3 times. Broke my shoes. I broke several books. I literally broke a chair at my sister’s house. I broke stuff in the kitchen. I broke mY miND. I broke springs two seconds ago. Sometimes I’m concerned I broke my dog because he refuses to touch wet grass and is basically a cat.
➸ MAYBE PLAY PIANO AGAIN. ✗
Again, doing something, like…twice…doesn’t count. In my defence, I am not brilliant at the piano and how do you EVEN COPE with doing something and not being perfect at it??? [perfectionist swan dive here]
➸ WEAR MY NEW CLOAK. ✗
No. Why? IT’S NEVER COLD IN THE TROPICS. DARN YOU, EQUATOR. I love the cold. I suffer.
7 / 14 achieved for last year…
oh…dear. This is what I scored in 2017 too so I GUESS I’m destined to be a halfling. Hobbiton here I come.
I also had a lot of unanticipated successes this year, including: taking several solo-plane flights (!!!) which is HUGE and terrifying, and seeing A Thousand Perfect Notes in the Illumicrate box (!!!) and fitting more bookshelves into a room THAT CANNOT FIT MORE SHELVES (wizardry !!!) and collecting Stiefvater character cards (!!!) and having gobs and gobs of people say they loved my book.
aFJDSALD I CAN’T EVEN.
➸ read 200 books again!
I am nothing if not super cute and also predictable.
➸ reread 30 books again…specifically all the Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare!
Which is, um, a LOT. But I miss the old TMI crew and I want to do annual Stiefvater rereads so. I flail! This will be great!
➸ write something that makes me immensely pleased.
I’ve been so so anxious about writing for a while now. (I know! I know! I’m not special and this is something a lot of debut authors go through.) But I want to push through this and write some more “just for me” projects, because they keep me happy and sane. And focusing JUST on the business part of publishing is hurling me 1000 leagues under the sea. It is damp down here. I need out.
I also want to brainstorm new ideas (I have had a drought forever) and maybe write some shorts for my published novels. And just!! enjoy writing!!
➸ clear out ALL my overdue eARCs
You hear that, kindle?! yOUR DEPTHS WILL BE KNOWN. (This is, um, terrifying and not attainable save me.)
➸ fix my blog and get BACK into blogging
I have been an unwatered cacti for over half this year. AGH. I don’t blog-hop like I used to, and I definitely post less. This is half on account of my blog not emailing people anymore…but hopefully I’ll look pathetic enough and a miracle will happen and it’ll be fixed? But I want to be involved in the blogging community again!! YOU’RE ALL SO AWESOME.
➸ do more designs on Society6!
I did a grand total of 2 this year and that is abominable.
➸ pass 60,000 on instagram
if the algorithm doesn’t eat mY BONES first
➸ sell another book
ahhhh not something I can control afjdkslad but I’m putting it on there too so we can HOPE that The Boy Who Steals Houses isn’t the last you see of my pretty face. (Not that you see my face. But shh, don’t get caught up on details.)
➸ survive the release of The Boy Who Steals Houses (without running to the misty moors, befriending ghosts, and screaming companionably in haunted houses)
LOOK. I made this very specific so there’s a much better chance I can tick it off.
➸ take a nap
haha unrealistic goals here I see
nothing too wild this year…I am seriously here for a Quiet year. One where my mental health gets better and I enjoy what I do and I find a library to attack and eat every single shelf. The little, soft things, you know??